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BOSTON -- For three years, Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey were locker neighbors in Oakland. During that span, Breslow watched Bailey's transformation from rising prospect to All-Star closer. Along the way, Bailey suffered a string of elbow and forearm injuries that restricted him to 90 combined innings over the 2010 and 2011 seasons. "But he was as dominant a closer in Oakland as there was in this league and I don't think he's a guy to get caught up in the stage," Breslow said. Through it all, Breslow noticed that Bailey -- his close friend -- never unraveled amid the...
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BOSTON -- On a day that Bobby Valentine experienced the heat, the Red Sox offense turned it up. The spark came straight from the top of the order in Monday's 9-2 win, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez combining to go 11-for-18 with eight doubles and eight RBIs. It was a reminder of the offense's potency. It also set an unprecedented franchise...
Franklin Morales should get used to starting, because it appears increasingly unlikely he'll be doing anything else this season. With the Boston Red Sox in desperate need of consistency from their starting pitchers, Morales once again showed he's ready to take the job in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Twins. Making his first start since July 13, Morales limited the Twins...
BOSTON -- The Red Sox aren't taking any chances with Jacoby Ellsbury. After the outfielder missed three months with a subluxed shoulder, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine scratched Ellsbury from Saturday's lineup upon learning about some discomfort in his leg. "It's a leg issue," Valentine said. "But it's not an issue. But it could become an issue. Now...
I attended my first Boston Red Sox game in 1972, a 13 inning spectacular punctuated by a Rico Petrocelli grand slam to win it. I was the young little leaguer mimicking Freddie Lynn's dives in the outfield, Butch Hobson's bare handed grabs at third. I cried when they lost the one game playoff to New York, the Bucky Bleepin' Dent game. I stood on the railing outside...
A day wrapping up a disappointing series against the Twins, the Red Sox are still seeing double. Now, in a good way. Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs, Dustin Pedroia doubled three times and the Red Sox beat up on Yu Darvish to claim their second straight win. After losing four in a row, Boston's got a bit of a hot streak going again, and after eight doubles by the first four...
BOSTON -- Franklin Morales excelled in his opening audition as a starting pitcher. Now, he'll look to be effective in the follow-up. When he starts against the Twins on Sunday, it'll signal his fourth different role change of the season. Morales has switched duties nearly as often as he switches socks, going from relieving to starting to relieving to starting once again....
BOSTON -- In 16 years of managing, Bobby Valentine never once had three catchers at the same time. After promoting Ryan Lavarnway earlier this week, it placed the Red Sox manager in unfamiliar territory, considering Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach are each healthy and also in the catching fold. "I don't know how permanent a three-catcher situation is going to be...
This team is unbearable. Yeah, the Sox were able to salvage the final game of the series, 6-4, but they did go into the 9th with a 6-1 lead. Vicente Padilla gave up a pair of homers and a walk in the 9th without recording an out. The most important thing is, they got the win.
The Sox got a pair of runs in the bottom of the 3rd by way of a Carl Crawford ground-out to short that scored...
Charlie Moore only has two prerequisites for guests on Charlie Moore Outdoors. They have to be famous and they have to love the outdoors. Rico Petrocelli, who played for the Red Sox from 1963-76, meets both of Moore's requirements, so he got the privilege of heading out on the lake with Charlie to do some fishing. Lucky for Petrocelli, Moore gave him a healthy compensation for...
BOSTON –– Aaron Cook claims he wasn't worried about his rotation spot. But in reality, the sinkerballer was pitching for his starter's job in Monday's 9-2 win over the Rangers. During his past two starts, Cook was mired in a rut, failing to advance past the fifth inning while surrendering six runs apiece. With Franklin Morales breathing down his neck to re-join the...
On paper, the series-opening game between the Red Sox and Rangers is looking to be anything but a pitchers' duel. Starters Yu Darvish and Aaron Cook both enter Monday night's tilt in a bit of a funk. Darvish is just 1-3 with a 6.82 ERA and 20 walks in 31 2/3 innings over his last five starts. Cook, meanwhile, is 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA in his last five starts. The Sox have penciled...
Eddie Kasko and the 1972 Red Sox deserved a better fate than lazy schedule-makers handed them.
This past Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox caught a break. Leading the Detroit Tigers 4-1 at Fenway Park, with the game in the sixth inning, Detroit loaded the bases with one out. Then the rain came and pounded the field. Ninety minutes the game was called and Boston was awarded the win...
BOSTON -- The Red Sox gave Yu Darvish an inhospitable welcome in his first appearance at Fenway Park, as the Boston beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 Monday night. Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's eight doubles, with Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury adding two apiece. Crawford knocked in three runs. Darvish took the loss, falling to 11-8 with a 4.57 ERA. He went 6 2/3 innings...
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Red Sox (53-55)
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (2-2, 3.32)
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (4-6, 7.43)
In the Red Sox vs Twins series preview last Thursday, I said that anything less than winning 3 of 4 would be a huge disappointment. Now that the opposite has happened, I think it’s just about time to give up on the season. In Thursday night’s 5-0 loss, Boston was held scoreless by a [...]